teacher tells. The good teacher
explains. The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.
William Arthur Ward
To focus on
discipline is to ignore the real problem: We will never be able to
get students (or anyone else) to be in good order if, day after day, we
try to force them to do what they do not find satisfying.
|A good teacher can never be fixed in a
routine. . . each moment
requires a sensitive mind that is constantly changing and constantly
A teacher must never impose this student to fit his
or her favourite pattern;
a good teacher functions as a pointer, exposing his or her students'
vulnerability (and) causing them to explore both internally and finally
integrating themselves with their being. Martial art should not be passed
other job in the world could possibly dispossess one so
completely as this job of teaching. You could stand all day
in a laundry, for instance, still in possession of your mind. But this teaching utterly obliterates you. It cuts right
into your being: essentially, it takes over your spirit.
Sylvia Ashton Warner
person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like
ours. Marley taught me about living each day with
unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and
following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the
simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap
in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and
achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of
adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and
selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.
Marley and Me
You cannot teach people anything; you can
only help them find it within themselves.
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reveal to you aught but that which already lies half
asleep in the dawning of your knowledge. The teachers who walk
the shadow of the temple, among their followers, give not of their
but rather of their faith and their lovingness. If they are
wise they do
not bid you enter the house of their wisdom, but
rather lead you
to the threshold of your own mind.
teachers are those who
use themselves as bridges over
which they invite their students
to cross; then, having
their crossing, joyfully collapse,
create their own.
The object of teaching a child is to enable him
or her to
get along without a teacher.
come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element
in the classroom. Itís my personal approach that creates the
Itís my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess
a tremendous power to make a childís life miserable or joyous.
be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can
or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a
crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and
a child humanized or
Haim G. Ginott
never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide
the conditions in which they can learn.
you study great teachers. . . you will learn much more from
their caring and hard work than from their style.
now understand that higher-level thinking is more likely to occur
in the brain of a student who is emotionally secure than in the
of a student who is scared, upset, anxious, or stressed.
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only demonstrating that it is possible.
Learning is making it possible for yourself.
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you want to teach children to think, you begin by treating them
seriously when they are little, giving them responsibilities,
them candidly, providing privacy and solitude for them, and making
them readers and thinkers of significant thoughts from the
Thatís if you want to teach them to think.
whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural
curiosity of the mind for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
The true teacher defends his
pupils against his or her own personal influence.
Amos Bronson Alcott
not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked
the way. I pointed ahead--ahead of myself as well as you.
teacher who cannot explain any abstract subject to a child
does not himself thoroughly understand his subject; if he
does not attempt to break down his knowledge to fit the
child's mind, he does not understand teaching.
Fulton J. Sheen
Life Is Worth Living
and loving go hand in hand. My grandfather was one of those
people who loved to live and loved to teach. Every time I was
he'd show me something about myself that I hadn't even thought of
He'd help me find something wonderful in the smallest of things, and
so carefully, he helped me understand the enormous worth of every
being. My grandfather was not a professional teacher, but the
treated me (the way he loved me) and the things he did with
served me as well as any teacher I've ever known.
World According to Mr. Rogers
is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail
because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you
this is something you have always known.
The calling of the
teacher: there is no craft more privileged.
To awaken in another human being powers, dreams beyond
oneís own; to induce in others a love for that which
one loves; to make of oneís inward present their future;
that is a threefold adventure like no other.
Lessons of the Masters
never appreciate their teachers while they are learning. It is
only later, when they know more of the world, that they understand
how indebted they are to those who instructed them. Good
teachers expect no praise or love from the young.
They wait for it, and in time, it comes.
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You know that I don't believe
anything to anyone. I
the efficacy of
only thing that I know is
a teacher is a
person who puts things
wonderful it is and
asks them to eat.
come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive
the classroom. It's my daily mood that makes the weather. As a
possess a tremendous power
to make a child's life miserable
or joyous. I
can be a
tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.
I can humiliate or
humor, hurt or heal. In all
situations, it is my response
a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated
and a child humanized or de-humanized.
understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be
esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to
brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our
human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw
but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant
and for the soul of the child.
of the best teacher you ever had. Your third-grade teacher,
a college instructor, or someone who taught you crafts or swimming
at summer camp. You knew that person cared, but it wasn't all
and games, either. Great teachers often make you do an
difficult task that seems pointless. Why in the world am I
go through this? you ask. Then at some point, maybe years
you discovered that the task had a wonderful meaning because it
helped you learn something you couldn't have learned any other way.
And then you finally understood what your teacher was doing.
had a view of what was going on inside your teacher's mind.
Happens for a Reason
Our future will
be determined by the home and the school. Children
become largely what they are taught, hence we must watch
what we teach them, and how we live before them.
is the premise. It may be released, but cannot be supplied by
teacher. Neither can the teacher guarantee world fame to his
students. Teachers are no magicians; the student is more
than they. What can a teacher do? At best open a door;
but the student has to pass through it.
|There is only one teacher.
What is that teacher? Life itself. And of
course each one of us is a manifestation of life; we couldnít be
anything else. Now life happens to be both a severe and an endlessly
kind teacher. Itís the only authority that you need to trust.
teacher, this authority, is everywhere. You donít have to go to some
special place to find this incomparable teacher, you donít have to have
some especially quiet or ideal situation: in fact, the messier it is, the
better. The average office is a great place. The average home is perfect.
Such places are pretty messy most of the timeówe all know from
firsthand experience! That is where the authority, the teacher is.
Charlotte Joko Beck
Everyday Zen: Love and Work